Check out this episode from Franceli Chapman’s talk webseries, Celi’s Hangout on YouTube. A unique forum addressing artists of color with topics ranging from finding housing to chats with up-and-coming talent like the women of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black. Franceli is a smart, driven, fascinating young woman with a unique perspective. Definitely one to watch. So honored to be a panelist on this episode!
With Joe Manganiello, the hot werewolf from True Blood! I’m playing Eunice, the loud landlady to the iconic couple. (Incidentally, Eunice is my grandma’s name, so this one’s for you!) ACT stage veteran Rene Augesen plays Blanche. So excited to begin rehearsals next week!
Had the chance to take part in this amazing reading of Wallace Shawn’s OUR LATE NIGHT, a play he hadn’t heard read in the US in 30 years. Sexually charged, bizarre, provocative stuff. Fascinating conversation with New Dramatist Resident Playwright Francine Volpe and Mr. Shawn afterward. The excellent cast included Lisa Joyce, Gibson Frasier, Andrew Garman and yours truly. Directed by the New Group’s Ian Morgan.
In Hollow Roots, a woman traverses a nameless urban landscape plagued by a question: can a person of color have a “neutral narrative”? A spare and intimate setting evolves into a vivid world painted in detailed observations and marked by memories, music, history, candy, maps, and circumstance. Tapping into the rich and complicated genre of one person plays by writers such as Wallace Shawn and Spalding Grey, playwright Christina Anderson (Good Goods, Inked Baby), director Lileana Blain-Cruz (Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights) and performer April Matthis (Lear, The Sound and the Fury) interrogate the concept of cultural identity. Can someone live a life unaffected by one’s race or gender?
Friday, October 7
Launching of APRIL MATTHIS’Official Blog
Good People. I hereby decree throughout the land that I now have a blog. This one. Here you can find more about me, APRIL MATTHIS, and where you may see my work. This weekend I’m rehearsing for the first reading of Frank Boudreaux’s THE WORLD GETS LOWEN AND JOE, directed by THE TEAM’s Rachel Chavkin and featuring Tom Ligon, Sharon Hope, Annie McNamara and many awesome more. Monday, Oct. 10th, 8pm at The Bushwick Star.
Then, on Tuesday, it’s the first day o’rehearsals for Carla Ching’s THE SUGAR HOUSE AT THE EDGE OF THE WILDERNESS, directed by Daniella Topol. More to come on that one.
Thanks for checking me out! Hope you are fine & dandy.